74. pantry bbq sauce.

Since it turned to spring overnight, I’ve had limited time for cooking/crafting….Milo and I made a pitstop at the park on the way home today, so we got home a little later than usual. Doesn’t mean I can’t make a home cooked meal!

I’ve been in the habit of making some brown rice over the weekend and freezing it for the week, so have it in a crunch. I sauteed some seitan, brocolli and spinach and then made Isa’s Pantry BBQ sauce to throw on top. Since the rice was already cooked, this dinner took about 15-20 minutes to throw together!

Here’s the recipe for the sauce:
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce (this gives it some kick, so leave it out if you are a light weight)

Mix it all together in a bowl. Right before you are finished cooking your dinner, toss it in the pan, and let it cook for a few minutes.

60. johnnycakes.

One of the most memorable things I have ever eaten were the Johnnycakes at Paradox cafe in Portland. They were so so good. When it comes to corn -like pancakes I’ve never had anything even close to as good as those were. Until tonight. I made this recipe from the post punk kitchen (one of my favorite sites!) and planned to eat them savory, eating them with rice and beans, seitan and avocado. Only, we tried them with syrup and the memories of eating them in Portland suddenly came back. BINGO. These taste ALOT like those from that day.

Here’s the recipe, which was taken from here

1 cup corn, fresh or frozen (thawed if frozen)
1 cup plain almond milk
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Spray oil

In a blender, pulse the corn and almond milk around 5 times, just to get the corn a bit chopped up. Add all remaining ingredients and blend for about 5 seconds, or until combined. There should still be chunky pieces of corn left.

Let the batter rest for around 10 minutes, and in the meantime, preheat a well-seasoned cast iron pan over medium heat. If using non-stick, you only need to preheat 3 minutes or so.

Spray the pan with oil and use ΒΌ cup measuring cup (or ice cream scoop) to ladle out three johnnycakes. Cook for about 3 minutes, the underside should be crisp and browned, the top still wet. Flip the cakes (spraying the pan as you lift each cake) and cook until crisp and flecked with brown.

Keep finished Johnnycakes on a plate covered with tinfoil as you prepare the rest. Serve with pure maple syrup and a few blueberries if you have them.